Trend Watch – Big City Dreaming Skyline Cards

When you drive into a new city, it is always fun to look for and compare the skyline to what you know in your hometown. Where I live, Minneapolis, our skyline is growing and we are becoming a big, mid-sized city.  It is cool to see the new stadiums and downtown apartments coming into being. In the paper crafting world, I didn’t realize there were so many options we have for creating our own skylines for our paper projects. I have a few examples for you today for some cool ideas to incorporate them in your projects or you can just admire the beautiful work of your crafty peers. So joing me in checking out the big and some small city skylines.

The first is a little village with colorful buildings by the talented Yoonsun.  Her watercolor and masking make this look like a fun place to live.


card by Yoonsun Hur photo courtesy of Rejoicing Crafts

I just love how Stephanie got such a cool look of a city microcosm  in slate grey.  The contrast with the red makes such a striking Christmas tag.


tag by  Stephanie Severin photo courtesy of Ingenious Inkling

Yoonsun shows us how to use the skyline technique in a shaker version of a card.  It looks so festive.  The skyline hanging over the shaker a bit is a nice touch.


card by Yoonsun Hur photo courtesy of Rejoicing Crafts

Skylines give you such a neat way to create a scene.  How fun is this New York scene?  Great color combination.


card by Vickie Z photo courtesy of Smitten with all Things Stamping

Another iconic New York image is the statue of liberty.  Amy created a ombre effect by layering several die cuts of different shades of blue.


card by Amy Rysavy photo courtesy of My Favorite Things Blog

I love how Melania uses the bottom third of the card with the sunset and a small skyline.


card by Melania Deasy photo courtesy of Melania Deasy

I would say that Kay’s focal point in her card are the fabulous hot air balloons.  By using scale, she created an awesome skyline background for her balloons.  Beautiful.


card by Kay Miller photo courtesy of Taylored Expressions blog

Leigh coordinates her happy neighborhood with matching buttons.  How pretty.  I think I’d like to live in the orange building.


card by Leigh Penner photo courtesy of To the Full

Joanna’s card looks like a cool diarama.  There are so many layers and things to look at in her card.  I like how the lights are on in some buildings.


card by Joanna Harty photo courtesy of Harty by Heart

Polaroids are still so popular.  Wanda putting her skyline in a polaroid is just perfect.


card by Wanda Guess photo courtesy of the Taylored Expressions blog

London looks lovely in Ardyth’s take on her miss you card.  The sunset is a perfect touch.


card by Ardyth Percy-Robb photo courtesy of Maskerade 8

From sunsets to shakers, to tags, skylines are a flexible element you can use in your paper projects to create a unique look.  So choose a technique you have been meaning to try and experiment a bit.  I have found a few products to start your journey to the town of your choice.

So go ahead… make something pretty.


City Skyline die from Taylored Expressions


New York Skyline die from My Favorite Things


Hero arts rubber stamp from Simon Says Stamp


Paper House scrapbook paper from

6 replies on “Trend Watch – Big City Dreaming Skyline Cards”

  1. Awesome use of the skylines!!! I am thinking that I might need to get a couple of these dies!!! TFS!

  2. Thanks so much for featuring my card here – such an honour to be chosen along with these other amazing artists!

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